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Old September 16th, 2016, 05:32 AM   #1
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Ruger No. 1/348Winchester

Recently sold my Browning Model 71/348Win. which is the only caliber it was ever offered, but some years ago purchased a much abused Ruger No. 1 and decided I would restore it, refinished wood, polished out the scratches, dings, etc. on the receiver and new barrel. Added NECG front sight barrel band w/ Sourdough brass blade front sight and NECG rear peep sight which fits on the rear notch of the barrel rib. This NO.1 was an older one and has the adjustable trigger on it and frankly it turned out to be a very fine trigger for a hunting rifle. Why the choice of 348 Winchester caliber?? It's an old design based on the ancient 50-110 case and could have selected about any caliber available for the action is one of the strongest available, if not the strongest.
The caliber is not known to be a super accurate one in the '71, but good enough for bear, elk, etc. Reloading components and commercial cartridges are both rare and expensive, but over the years have collected quite a stash of brass, bullets, and no problems there. The 348 in the No.1 can be loaded to very high levels of power if desired or mild loads just for target shooting and yesterday took to the range to try out some of those Hornady flex tip bullets, 200gr., and put a Leupold 2.5x scope on it to help my older eyes and glad to report that from the bench/bag the rifle/load combo will put 5 shots at 100yds. pretty much all touching. Recoil is similar to stout '06 loads but not punishing compared to my Ruger No.3 in 45-70. I have various rifles ranging from long range match rifles in 308, '03 Remington/'06, LRB M14SA, Ruger SR556, Remington 40X/22lr, etc., but there is just something very enjoyable when stuffing that 348 into the chamber and shutting that bank vault action and seeing fine accuracy of the rifle/load. Don't know for a fact, but I am not aware of any other No.1's chambered in this caliber on the planet and you can read into that I may be the dumbest of all doing so, but it has turned out to be a fine combination and a delight to shoot. I have a couple coffee plastic jugs full of once fired brass and need to get back to the reloading bench and then back to the range.

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Old September 16th, 2016, 06:23 AM   #2
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and why no pics?
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Old September 16th, 2016, 06:59 AM   #3
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Well, basic reason for no pics is that I don't have a camera, just the way it is and to add to that don't have a cell phone or any other 'hand held electronic device." Been pretty much "device free" for some 73yrs. and most likely will stay that way.

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Oh my, device free, my dream. To go to the farm and leave my phone home(ET).
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Old September 16th, 2016, 08:13 AM   #5
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Went to work right after graduating from University(silly me, thought that was what you were supposed to do) and for better part of 40yrs. spent long hours on the phone, business never stops. Always swore that I would stay as far away from a phone as possible someday and that someday took place 15yrs. ago when I retired. Not to say I did not enjoy my career for great experience and good to me, but negotiating business deals in remote mine sites all over the globe, most are real arm pit locations, constant air travel, hotels, stress, schedules, etc. takes it toll and since I retired go where I want to go, when I want to go, do what I want to do, makes for a much happier life for me. Friends all tell me "get a damn phone...," "we can't contact you...," and my answer is good, just the way I want it. I happen to ride motorcycle and most dangerous thing I experience on the highway is someone talking on the phone while trying to pass someone and have no idea that they are about to run over someone, me.

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Old September 21st, 2016, 06:59 AM   #6
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I was a dispatcher for 7 years and spent 14 hours a day, 4 days a week with a phone stuck in my ear. Everyone who knows me texts me instead of calling... I just don't answer my phone.

You have one of my dream guns! I've always thought a #1 in .348 would be a fantastic combination, being able to load those 250grn SP's to the max... something I just won't do in my Browning 71.

Where did you get the new barrel, or did you just cut the old barrel?

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Old September 21st, 2016, 08:53 AM   #7
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I only live some dozen or so miles from Douglas Barrel Co. and they have the reamer, tools, etc. do about any re barreling you could imagine. Bought the No.1 at a gun show at very reasonable price, it was rough finish wise and stock wise as well, refinished the stock, disassembled action, and had the barrel made. Retired 'smith friend of mine installed barrel, not a big issue at all, purchased appropriate size extractor(Brownells sell them for 10 bucks or so,) metal refinished/blued, factory rib installed, front sight barrel band and good to go. The shoulder of the barrel, breech end, needs to be fitted to your action for proper headspace plus the lining up of the extractor cut in breech face of barrel.
Extractor for the 348 and 45/70 rimmed case is very close to the same and works fine for the 348. With appropriate loads the round in the No.1 is very near the performance power wise as the 338WM but I don't load that stout just for range time. Find you a "beater No.1," re finish, re barrel and then there will be two on the planet, great classic big game rifle in all respects.

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Old September 21st, 2016, 11:17 AM   #8
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I have a few Ruger No. 1s.....22-250, 7 mag, 338 win mag, 375 H&H mag. I love them all, but the mags are quite a hand hold when it come to recoil. They all wear Limbsaver buttpads. Lots of game has dropped when I carry these rifles!

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